It was also a good time to try a couple of unusual recipes I wanted to try, without regard to anyone else's food preferences. Plus Shelby, the dog is here if I need an additional taste tester. She seems willing to try just about anything.
I have been toying with a project aimed at people with severely limited food budgets focusing on ultra cheap easy to prepare recipes. I had seen a couple of Youtube videos about creating a breakfast sausage from oatmeal. I started looking around the web for other ways to create a "meat" from grains and happened on this one for "Chicken Fried Steak" at The Prudent Homemaker. I decided today might be a really good day to try it. The nicest thing about just me being the only one for lunch was that I could fix this with no expectations whatsoever. If it tasted bad, well, that was fine and if it was good it was simply a bonus.
"Chicken Fried Steak"
2 2/3 cups old fashioned oats
1/4 cup dried onions
1 1/2 cups water
2 teaspoons rubbed sage
2 teaspoons Lawry's Perfect Blend Chicken and Poultry Seasoning
3 tablespoons oil for sautéing
2 cans cream of mushroom soup* ( I used Soup or Sauce mix. See recipe below)
3 cups milk ( reconstituted from instant milk powder)